The battle cry for rent control in the Bay Area is getting louder.
Tenant activists are now working to place rent control on ballots in multiple cities including Mountain View, California — headquarters of Google parent Alphabet — as well as cities around the region from Alameda to Richmond.
It's a response to the surging cost of rent. In San Francisco, the median rental price in February was $4,547, a jump of more than 10 percent from a year ago, according to Zillow, the real estate marketplace. In San Jose, an hour south, it was $3,453, a rise of 8 percent.
Economists pin that rising rent, in part, on more people moving to the Bay Area to work in the tech industry, which pressures an already constricted supply of housing inventory.
San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley have programs that limit rent increases and forbid evictions without cause. Tenant activists argue that cities across Silicon Valley should now adopt such policies.